The attack is a “natural response” to the “brutal blockade and aggression against our dear people,” Sarea wrote. Attached to his tweet was an aerial photo with the coordinates of what appeared to be a distribution station in Jeddah, the same facility hit in November.
The attack on Saudi Arabia is the third just that day: Husseins said they hit King Khalid Air Base in Khamis Mushait in the south of the kingdom, and Saudi state media reported an attack on Jazan, from the Yemeni border, saying it had intercepted and destroyed rocket.
The US Consulate in Jeddah issued a security alert for the three attacks, adding that there were no reports of casualties.
Hutu attacks on the kingdom have increased recently, mainly focused on targets in the south of the country. A US-backed, Saudi-led coalition fighting the Hutus since 201
The coalition aims to restore Yemen’s internationally recognized government and halt what it sees as Iran’s growing influence in the region. The United States, a strategic Saudi ally, has identified the Hutus as a foreign terrorist group under President Donald Trump, a definition the Biden administration says is turning because aid groups warn they will worsen grim humanitarian conditions in Yemen.
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that senior US officials had held their first direct meeting with Houthi officials in Oman in late February.
Hutu spokesman Mohamed Abdul Salam told Russia’s state news agency Sputnik that none of the rebel group had met with US officials, but rather talked to them through Omani intermediaries.
“We did not meet with American officials in the Sultanate of Oman, but rather contacted them from the Omani side,” Abdul Salam said, adding that “there was no direct contact.”
“We have informed them of our vision for a solution in Yemen and that aggression and the siege, as long as it continues, we will face in full force.”
In January, following a relatively rare attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh, the United States issued a statement condemning the attack on its ally, adding that the United States was working to “de-escalate tensions in the region through principled diplomacy.”
After the attack in November, videos showed that a fire was burning at the site, and later photos revealed debris. The Saudi state then reported that a fire had broken out in a fuel tank at the distribution station as a result of the attack, condemning such “terrorist and sabotage attacks on vital installations.”
The most serious attack on the oil giant in recent years was on September 14, 2019, when the Hutus killed more than half of oil production in days with a missile attack on a refinery.
Ali al-Mujahideen in Sana’a, Yemen, contributed to this story.